Criticized for being depending only on special effects, the sci-fi adventure "" proved otherwise as the film starring and jumped to the top of the domestic box office chart. At the end of this three-days weekend which ended on Sunday, February 17, the film pulled in $27.4 million and has grossed $34 million since its debut on Thursday, February 14.
On getting a head start by releasing the globe-trotting thriller on the Valentine's Day, the distribution executive of the 20th Century Fox, Bert Livingston reasoned, "Valentine's Day has become a great movie-going day." He further explained, "Even though kids are not out of school and people are working, it's still a holiday in the sense that in the evening, men take their wives, or girlfriends and boyfriends go out. Everybody goes to the movies."